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A Black Day for Pakistani Cinemas

Friday, 21 September, 2012
A Black Day for Pakistani Cinemas
Violent protesters against an American anti-Islam film attacked main cinemas in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta on September 21, 2012. Capri and Nishat cinemas on M.A. Jinnah Road, Bambino on Garden Road and Lalazar Cinema in Qaidabad Karachi were partially damaged while Prince cinema was set afire by violent mobs.In Peshawar, angry crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles converged on the Firdaus picture house, smashing it up and setting furniture ablaze. A rampaging crowd stormed the Shama cinema, smashing windows and setting it on fire. Protesters also attacked Capital cinema and broke down the cinema's main gate and set fire to its screen. Delite Cinema Quetta was also damaged by the angry protesters.

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First film studio in Pakistan inaugurated..

Monday, 16 February, 1948
First film studio in Pakistan inaugurated..

The first ever film studio in Pakistan, Pancholi Film Studio on Upper Mall Road Lahore was inaugurated on February 16, 1948.

It was owned by Seith Dalsukh M. Pancholi (1906-59), who was first film importer and distributor of Hollywood movies in the Northern India (now Pakistan). He was also producer and director of famous Lahore made movies like Gul Bakavli (1939), Yamla Jatt (1940) and Khazanchi (1941).

After partition, he migrated to India and his manager Divan Sardari Lal took over. He was producer of first Pakistani released film Teri Yaad in this year but film 2 Kinaray was first film to start in this studio. in 1952, Pancholi studio was alloted to a famous ghazal and folk singer Malika Pukhraj and became Malika Studio. Then it was rent to some other parties and its name was also changed as Jawidan Studio, later it was sold by Malika Pukhraj and it became Upper Mall Scheme with lot of houses.



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